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I am using Ubuntu and just downloaded the jmonkey game engine. Everything appears to be in a single .sh file. I am not really sure how I am supposed to run this.


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Um...if it's not in your $PATH:


Or if it's not in your $PATH and it's not executable:

sh your_shell_script.sh

Or if it's in your $PATH:

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Do the second one if the file is not executable. Otherwise you need to have #!/bin/bash as the first line of the file, and then do chmod +x your_shell_script.sh –  robbrit May 2 '11 at 22:28
+1 Very comprehensive! –  Basic May 2 '11 at 22:30
I moved the file into my home directory and made it executable. It works now. –  chief May 2 '11 at 22:31

Simple answer: './FILE.sh' or 'sh FILE.sh'. If you can't execute it, chmod +x FILE.sh

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try sh -x single .sh file (assuming the +x permissions are set). Also I am assuming you probably need some jdk/jre installation.

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Try this:

$ nohup ./your_file.sh <arguements> &
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A quick alternative to

sh my_bash_script.sh

is to use double dots as follows:

. ./my_bash_script.sh

This is useful if the file does not have the execute bit set.

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